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Billy Joel's Historic Concert Film A Matter Of Trust--the Bridge To Russia Revisited with a Deluxe DVD/Blu-ray/CD Box Set

New York, Feb. 25, 2014 -- Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Billy Joel's A Matter Of Trust--The Bridge To Russia, the artist's historic 1987 Russian concert tour revisited on DVD/Blu-ray and CD, on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. A Matter Of Trust--The Bridge To Russia will be available in a Deluxe Edition boxed set containing a full-length concert film (The Concert) on DVD or Blu-ray; a 2Cd album (The Music) featuring previously unreleased tracks and bonus material; and, as an exclusive, the Showtime® documentary film chronicling Billy's 1987 Soviet Tour, directed by four-time Emmy-winner Jim Brown ("Pete Seeger: The Power of Song," "American Roots Music," "An Evening with Henry Belafonte"). In addition, the Deluxe Edition...
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PBS re-airing Pete Seeger “American Masters” film

PBS has announced that it will be re-airing a 2008 film from its acclaimed American Masters series called “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song,” for a special broadcast in memoriam of legendary singer, songwriter and activist Pete Seeger, who passed away Monday at the age of 94. The film will also stream online at pbs.org/americanmasters. Film synopsis from PBS: “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song” is the singer’s first authorized film biography, and it poetically documents Pete Seeger’s unique experience and contributions. The man, who introduced America to its own folk heritage, got a whole generation passionate about playing the … Continue reading →

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PGA unveils final producer lists

PGA unveils final producer lists
The PGA on Monday announced producers attached to previously announced nominees in feature film and TV categories.

The names had been withheld pending completion of the the PGA's accreditation process.

The accrediting review and a related appeal process is aimed at determining which producers "performed a majority of the producing functions from development through production and post production," officials said.

Winners will be announced at the 19th annual PGA awards, set for Feb. 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

A complete list of nominees follows:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures:

The Diving Bell and the Butterly (Miramax)

Kathleen Kennedy, Jon Kilik

Juno (Fox Searchlight)

Lianne Halfon, Mason Novick, Russell Smith

Michael Clayton (Warner Bros.)

Jennifer Fox, Kerry Orent, Sydney Pollack

No Country for Old Men (Miramax/Paramount Vantage)

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Scott Rudin

There Will Be Blood (Paramount Vantage/Miramax)

Joanne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Lupi

The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

Bee Movie (DreamWorks Animation)

Jerry Seinfeld, Christina Steinberg

Ratatouille (Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation)

Brad Lewis

The Simpsons Movie (20th Century Fox)

James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, Richard Sakai, Mike Scully

The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures

Body of War (Phil Donahue Productions/Mobilus Media)

Phil Donahue, Ellen Spiro

Hear and Now (HBO)

Irene Taylor Brodsky

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (The Weinstein Company)

Jim Brown, Michael Cohl, William Eigen

Sicko (The Weinstein Company)

Michael Moore, Meghan O'Hara

White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (HBO)

Steven Okazaki

The David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award in Long-Form Television

The Bronx is Burning (ESPN)

Joe Davola, Gordon Greisman, Bill Johnson, Mike Tollin

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (HBO)

Clara George, Tom Thayer, Dick Wolf

High School Musical 2 (Disney Channel)

Bill Borden, Barry Rosenbush

Jane Eyre (PBS/BBC)

Phillippa Giles, Diederick Santer

The Starter Wife (USA Network)

Jon Avnet, Josann McGibbon, Marsha Oglesby, Sara Parriott

The Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award In Episodic Television - Comedy

Entourage (HBO)

Doug Ellin, Stephen Levinson, Julian Farino, Wayne Carmona, Rob Weiss, Denis Biggs, Lori Jo Nemhauser

Extras (HBO)

Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Charles Hanson

The Office (NBC)

Greg Daniels, Kent Zbornak, Marci Klein, Jerry Kupfer, Lorne Michaels, Jeff Richmond

30 Rock (NBC)

Robert Carlock, Tina Fey

Ugly Betty (ABC)

Salma Hayek, James Hayman, Silvio Horta, James Parriott, Marco Pennette, Ben Silverman, Jose Tamez, Teri Weinberg, Alice West

The Norman Felton Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television - Drama

Dexter (Showtime)

Michael Cuesta, Sara Colleton, John Goldwyn, Robert Lloyd Lewis, Clyde Phillips

Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Peter Horton, Rob Corn

Heroes (NBC)

Allan Arkush, Greg Beeman, Jim Chory, Dennis Hammer Gerrit van der Meer, Tim Kring

House (Fox)

David Shore, Katie Jacobs, Daniel Sackheim

Lost (ABC)

Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Jack Bender, Liz Sarnoff, Drew Goddard

The Sopranos (HBO)

David Chase, Brad Grey, Ilene S.

Producers Guild of America noms: Miramax dominates feature film category

  • Congratulations are in order to a company that some thought would just be a footnote in the Weinstein family history. Miramax films have made some smart moves...and movies in 2007 and three films that they helped make are in contention for its top feature film award. An interesting footnote pointed out by Variety is that the PGA has diverged with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- which has 464 members in its producers branch -- in the last three years. The PGA selected “Little Miss Sunshine (2006)Little Miss Sunshine
[/link]” last year while the Oscar went to “The Departed”; in 2006, the PGA chose “Brokeback Mountain” and the Acad went with “Crash”; in 2005, “The Aviator” won at the PGA while “Million Dollar Baby” took the Oscar. Winners will be awarded on Feb. 2. And the nominees are: Producer Of The Year Award In Theatrical Motion Pictures"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (Miramax
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Producers Guild Nominees Announced

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Hot on the heels of the Golden Globe awards, the Producers Guild of America has announed its five contenders for its Best Picture award: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Juno, Michael Clayton, No Country for Old Men, and There Will Be Blood. Four of the five films also previously received Directors Guild nominations (Juno was passed over for Into the Wild by the DGA), and all films received multiple Golden Globe nods. The last of the major guild awards, the PGA honors effectively put the kibosh on such hopeful Oscar contenders as Atonement, Charlie Wilson's War and Sweeney Todd, which received no love from the Directors Guild, the Screen Actors Guild or the Writers Guild. While the nominations from the guild aren't exact precursors for the Academy Awards, a majority of guild members are also Academy voters. Bee Movie, Ratatouille, and The Simpsons Movie were nominated for the PGA's animated film award, while Body of War, Hear and Now, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, Sicko, and White Light/Black Rain are in competition for the documentary award.

30 films bow at Silverdocs

WASHINGTON -- Silverdocs: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival announced its full slate of films Thursday.

Silverdocs 2007, which runs June 12-17 in suburban Silver Spring, Md., will present 100 films representing 42 countries selected from 1,735 submissions with nine World, six North American, four U.S. and 11 East Coast premieres.

"Silverdocs celebrates the passion and creativity of independent filmmakers and their ability to unite people across cultures and continents," festival director Patricia Finneran said.

"This year we explore the environment, the war and its impact, powerful personal perspectives on contemporary history and the future of real; we invite new audiences -- and the next generation of media makers -- to share in the discovery of these diverse stories, and engage in a global dialogue," she added.

Notable filmmakers presenting their work this year include Jonathan Demme (The Agronomist, Stop Making Sense), Silverdocs' Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree, who will present the theatrical World Premiere of his film on the aftermath of Katrina, New Home Movies From the Lower Ninth Ward. Others include three-time Emmy-winning director Jim Brown (Pete Seeger: The Power of Song); Al Maysles (The Gates); Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side); Annie Sundberg and Rick Stern (The Devil Came on Horseback); Marco Williams (Banished); Doug Prey (Big Rig), Mike Mills ("Does Your Soul Have a Cold?") and Liz Garbus (Coma).

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